New cars 2014

Last updated: Apr 10, 2014

The next 12 months are set to bring with them a host of exciting new models. Some, such as the brilliant Hyundai i10, are already on sale, while a host of new models have yet to reach UK showrooms. In fact, we liked the i10 so much, we awarded it the coveted Carbuyer Car of the Year for 2014.

Everything from executive saloons, to small cars and crossover SUVs are set to be launched this year, boasting new levels of economy, quality, performance, and clever new equipment. Despite being more frugal to run and cheaper to tax, 2014's new cars are also set to be more fun to drive and faster than the cars they replace.

So, whether you are looking for a nippy city car, a big MPV for the family and all their kit, or a new executive saloon to eat up motorway miles, keep reading for Carbuyer's top 10 guide to the best new cars for 2014.

Hyundai i10 hatchback

Our top pick of the best new cars for 2014 is the new Hyundai i10. In fact, we liked it so much, we awarded it 2014’s Carbuyer Car of the Year. The interior is very quiet, the suspension is comfortable and there's space for two adults in the back, while the 252-litre boot beats rivals such as the Skoda Citigo, Toyota Aygo and Kia Picanto. There's a generous list of standard equipment and the frugal engines, small dimensions and decent visibility make it perfect for city driving. The Hyundai also comes with an excellent five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty. Read more.

Key points

5.0 / 5
Price 
£8,495 - £11,350

Nissan Qashqai SUV

The 2014 Nissan Qashqai gets sharper looks and a nicer interior, which also has more headroom despite the car being lower than the model it replaces. As a crossover, the Qashqai blends car-like handling, which means it is fun to drive in corners, with excellent economy, and a raised driving position that gives you a good view of the road ahead. The Qashqai is also available with grippy four-wheel drive – useful if you live slightly off the beaten track. Read more.

Key points

4.8 / 5
Price 
£17,595 - £27,845

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso

Opting for a practical family car doesn’t mean choosing a model with boring looks – take the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso for example. Its styling would look at home on the set of a sci-fi film, but hides a spacious seven-seat interior. Although some might find the number of buttons on the steering wheel a bit bewildering, the design makes for a fuss-free and intuitive dashboard. The Citroen may not be huge fun to drive, but it can do as much as 74mpg and qualifies for free road tax. Read more.

Key points

4.4 / 5
Price 
£19,205 - £27,855

MINI hatchback

If you’re in the market for a small hatchback that is fun to drive and cheap to run, then we would advise you hold out for the new MINI that is set to go on sale this spring. It gets fresh new looks (over the current model pictured here), a more spacious interior, a larger boot, and a range of new engines, which will return up to 80mpg. The sporty MINI Cooper S, meanwhile, will be available from launch and should go from 0-60mph in less than seven seconds. Read more.

Key points

4.1 / 5
Price 
£13,750 - £20,150

Mercedes C-Class saloon

If you are a business driver then the new Mercedes C-class is one of the most hotly anticipated cars of 2014. The 2014 Mercedes C-Class is said to improve on the old car (pictured here) in all areas. It has sleek new looks, with a sportier grille and LED headlights. The more spacious interior has also made gains in quality, to match the style of the bigger Mercedes S-Class, and it now features a large TFT screen, with touchpad controls. The new C-Class has sophisticated suspension that should make it more fun to drive, along with new engines for improved economy. Read more.

Key points

4.6 / 5
Price 
£26,855 - £35,510

Audi TT Coupe

We expect the new Audi TT coupe to go on show at the Geneva Motor Show in March, with UK sales following soon after that. It is set to get a more aggressive, sportier look inside and out. The interior will feature a dashboard that focuses on the driver, and a large 12.3-inch touchscreen that helps cut down on dashboard buttons. The TT will be lighter than the car it replaces (pictured here) - making it faster, but also more efficient – offering a choice of petrol and TDI diesel engines. The new Audi TT Roadster convertible will follow a couple of months after the coupe. Read more.

Key points

4.4 / 5
Price 
£46,300 - £50,720

Mazda3 hatchback

Mazda seems to be on a winning streak – with cars such as the Mazda CX-5 and Mazda6 being some of our favourite models of 2013. The 2014 Mazda3 is set to be another winner, with the most economical 2.2-litre diesel returning 72.4mpg and emissions of 107g/km. All Mazda3s are fun to drive, but also quiet on the motorway, while the new model (pictured here) is 100mm longer than a Ford Focus, meaning there is more space to stretch out. Read more.

Key points

4.1 / 5
Price 
£16,695 - £23,345

Vauxhall Corsa hatchback

The new Vauxhall Corsa is set to be unveiled later this year. The 2014 Vauxhall Corsa is set to get a more modern look, both inside and out, with a more stylish dashboard and updated interior trim. The car has been undergoing extensive testing, so we can expect it to strike a good balance between comfort and fun-to-drive handling - something which the old model (pictured here) failed to do. The new car is set to be lighter and will feature new engines – both of which will help it offer increased fuel economy over the outgoing car. Read more.

Key points

2.4 / 5
Price 
£8,995 - £17,005

Honda Civic Tourer estate

The 2014 Honda Civic Tourer estate is on sale now and offers class-leading boot space of 624 litres. That's significantly bigger than the 590-litre boot of the Skoda Octavia, while folding the rear seats down boosts the Civic's carrying capacity to a huge 1,668 litres. The Honda is available with a 1.6-litre petrol or diesel engine, which return up to 74.3mpg and produce CO2 emissions as low as 99g/km, so it should be cheap to run, too. The performance orientated new Honda Civic Type-R hatchback, is due in 2015. Read more.

Key points

3.8 / 5
Price 
£20,270 - £27,690

Ford EcoSport SUV

The 2014 Ford EcoSport SUV is based on the smaller Ford Fiesta, but with a raised ride height and 4x4-like looks. While the interior shares its style with the Fiesta, it suffers from cheap plastics and a low-quality feel. The EcoSport’s upright body means it is more spacious than the car on which it is based, with more head and legroom - but an impractical boot opening counts against the car's overall practicality. The Ford EcoSport can return up to 61.4mpg and is also fun to drive – just like the Fiesta! Read more.

Key points

3.1 / 5
Price 
£14,995 - £17,495

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